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dramatic impact in japan and even here. you can see what is going on. the before, in the after. kron 4's kate thompson spoke with nuclear power expert. >> 240 mouth itself is mount diablo, one the biggest - we are better prepared than japan. >> will upgrade our equipment against the possibility of explosscenarios. >> those in areas with retrofitting diablo canyon 15 years younger than japan. to withstand a 7.5 earthquake. >> what if there was a bigger quake and a 7.5 lowith this reactor be retrofitted for? >> the reactor in japan was built for a 7.9 but they added 8.9. what we see is that other reactors.... the building and the destruction would still be about the same. >>reporter: the radiation and spreading here. the radiation levels are low and there is very little danger for the bay area. >> japan is very far away. the radiation level is the same the you'd get from a chest x-ray. it is nothing to worry about. >>reporter: kate thompson >>pam: the cascading problems fukushima daiichi compounding the tokyo government. already struggling with relief of hundreds of thousands of people alo
northeastern japan is reeling from floods, fires and a new threat from a damaged nuclear power plant. hundreds of people were killed in japan by today's earthquake in tsunami. the numbers are still coming in. look of this video of the massive tsunami moving into japan you could see what's happening here as the boats are being tossed about. a powerful wall of water causing destruction. hundreds of people are still missing tonight, thousands are already known to be injured. the huge waves that roared ashore after the quake to carry away ships, cars and triggered wild fires throughout the area. the quake also triggered a tsunami warning along the west coast of california. you could see some of the damage happening here. at least five people were swept out to sea and one was still missing. in santa cruz, also very hard hit you could see the harbor, boats damaged and the tsunami search has the votes to come was all morning long. waves were rolling in and out. the books destroyed docks causing severe damage. governor jerry brown has declared a state of emergency. >>catherine: you're
began with last week's earthquake. there is developing news tonight at of japan, the operator of the nuclear plant it says, a fire has broken out again at its no. 4 reactor. the blaze erupted a short time ago when the elder housing of the reactors containment vessel. earlier a fire broke out in the fuel storage pond. the storage pond is an area used to keep nuclear fuel cool. it is causing nuclear refuse to be released into the air. you can see the reactors are indicated here on our map. growing concerns about radiation have people fleeing the area. joining me on the fault is doctored to with the department of nuclear engineering at uc- berkeley. thank you for joining us, what you make of these continuing explosions and fires. it seems as though things are getting worse. >>caller: yes i think it is. >>pam: you agree that officials in japan did not have control the situation? >>caller: i believe they are still having control over the situation, but the tide is limited. >>pam: g feel a meltdown as possible now? >>caller: the meltdown possibility would be small. the reactors are
' stock and not moving very much at all. we will be right back. >>pam: in japan a moment of silence today as the country more of the victims of last week's earthquake in tsunami. the nation and caused that to 40 6:00 p.m. the moment when disaster struck. seven days later the death toll is now nearing 7000. nearly 11,000 people are still missing and 500,000 of there are homeless. thousands of people in the hardest-hit areas are still without he, basic supplies and the danger of a nuclear meltdown is growing. fire trucks bring water on reactor no. 3 at japan's fukushima power plant today. high radiation readings men each truck could only be used for a few minutes. if japan's nuclear if the agency raised a warning from a level 4 to level five on a scale of 7. that is the same level off as the three mile island accident in the united states. u.s. officials say japan situation seems to be much more serious. this a reactor for may have a crack in its floor making it more difficult to refill the cooling cool. the first line of radiation has turned up in california. the united nations diplomat sa
meltdown. in japan after the bears quake the cooling system failed and the fuel rods got hot and boiled through all of the water and were exposed to the air for hours. to keep the reactor from overheating sea water was pumped into the plant. what a full meltdown occurs the fuel rods melt and turned into more a nonnuclear fuel. it it then sells through the chamber it's considered a meltdown. the major concern here is the containment shell. it the this and hold catastrophic about of radiation can be released into the atmosphere. kate thompson kron 4 news. >>pam: the nuclear crisis in japan has left many people with health questions about radiation exposure and how to protect yourself. christine has when talking with the state health experts, she's here with answers. >>christine: a lot of questions about potassium iodide and how it works. the drug does is it shields of thyroid from radioactive iodine which can cause cancer. think of the thyroid like a gas tank, if you fill up the tank with potassium iodide, the good guy died and that helps provide that it had died from coming in. that's ki
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